ADVISORY: AVAILABILITY OF USDA ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IRMA
Sep 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several disaster assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), which may be available to farmers impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Those seeking emergency funding and technical assistance for tree and crop losses due to the recent natural disasters may be eligible for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines; and/or the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to rehabilitate damaged farmland.
Recognizing the staffing shortages and challenges growers are facing with not only their land, but also their homes and families, USDA has notified all county offices that photos and videos of damage will suffice as a loss verification tool. This will assist in expediting application reviews during the recovery efforts. However, FSA has requested that growers not destroy the evidence as a back-up measure for any necessary on-the-ground assessments to be performed at a later date.
Additional information on USDA disaster assistance programs may be found here.